Posts Tagged ‘running

12
Dec
12

sending out an APB for my mojo; if you find it, please send me a text to come and pick it up

I am 15 weeks out from the NYC 1/2 Marathon. I haven’t even started training. What is wrong with me? I know I’m not going to run this 1/2 marathon without training. For the past several months, I have done some light running. When I say “light”, I mean running to catch a bus or train or doing 1-2 miles once a week. H.A.M! (If you have to ask what H.A.M. stands for, you don’t need to know.) I’m giving myself the “10-week” mark to begin to do some sort of movement. I have been taking yoga but less face it, will I ever bend like her?

How does one go about finding their mojo? I guess in order to find it, you must have had to have it in the first place. I can’t say I didn’t have it but it sure did feel like it. Running those weekly races and clocking the weekly miles like you won a badge of honor. For the races, you would over exaggerate about the miles you were running to see if you can one up the other person as you stood in your corals before the race began. This was an honor, a privilege to be amongst the “runners” and to know you were one of them. I miss that camaraderie. Also, I had a training partner, my sister. Getting up at the crack of dawn to run those miles was not a box of chocolates but I did feel that I was moving towards a goal. OK mojo, I am on the hunt looking for you.

12
Nov
09

Run Your Own Race

On November 1st, 2009, I joined 39,999 fellow runners to run the ING NYC Marathon. My reasoning for running the such a marathon was a life long dream of mine. I wanted to see how far I could push myself and whether or not I could stand up to the training and grueling running schedule in order to prepare for the race.  Since most of my training took place during my unemployment, I realized more so than ever that you have to run your own race. This even applies to job hunting. There are people who may be faster and quicker on the race course than me the same way there will be people who may land a job before I do. There are lots of variables that can affect this outcome. For running—you take into consideration factors such as body weight, training regimen, running history, activity level and so on. For job hunting—factors may include, experience, industry knowledge, education, aptitude level, and so on. Thomas Edison said “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”  During my training for the marathon, I worked hard because I wanted to accomplish this goal; I kept up my training schedule even though I felt discouraged because of my job situation and I definitely used common sense while running the race to know that I will not  finish the marathon in 2:25. Although, I didn’t complete the marathon in the time I wanted to, I did finish. That’s the most important take away, I finished! I also look at job hunting the same way, I will get a job! If I work hard, stick-to-it and use common sense, I know it’s just a matter of time before employers start opening their doors to me.




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